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Accident: 28335.015 - Employee Contacts Overhead Power Line And Is Electrocuted

Accident: 28335.015 -- Report ID: 0420600 -- Event Date: 09/07/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
630738.01509/07/2012J Baller Construction, Llc
On September 7, 2012, Employee #1 was assisting a construction firm that had bee n awarded a contract to replace the architectural molding of five multistory res idential buildings. The owner of the company rented three aerial lifts and cont racted the erection of a scaffold system to complete the job. He also contracted a molding company to supply the molding pieces. The molding company was provide d with a copy of the original blueprints (not as built) to begin manufacturing. During the production, they needed field measurements of atypical portions of a building. Since the measurements entailed working at heights, the company reques ted assistance from the owner with the aerial lifts and the construction firm ag reed to take the field measurements. The owner was not able to assist as agreed. However, to ensure that the measurements were taken, he requested assistance fr om a coworker. After being told of the arrangement, Employee #1, who worked for the molding company, made it to the site to perform the measurements. The activ ity got underway with the coworker operating the aerial lift. The coworker was w earing a full body harness, lanyard and hardhat and Employee #1 was wearing no P PE. At some point, while elevating the basket of the aerial lift and approximate ly 28 ft in the air, the back of Employee #1's head made contact with an energiz ed overhead power line and he was electrocuted. The coworker also suffered an el ectric shock. The owner soon arrived at the job site and noticed the aerial lift was still running and the basket in the elevated position. He lowered the bask et using the ground controls, saw the injured employees lying motionless and sum moned emergency medical personnel. They arrived at the scene and declared both e mployees dead.
Keywords: aerial lift, electrical, elevated work platform, power lines
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation   5 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Construction
1 630738.015 30 M Fatality FallDist:
Cause: Exterior masonry

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